What’s the future of medical journals?

I had the pleasure of joining a panel discussion at the recent SMACC conference on the future of medical journals. I was delighted to share the stage with some real big hitters such as Richard Smith (ex editor of the BMJ) and Jeff Drazen (current editor in chief of the NEJM), together with some amazing […]

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Diagnosing Small Bowel Obstruction in the ED: A Role for Ultrasound?

Diagnosing small bowel obstruction (SBO) is bread-and-butter work for the emergency physician. It accounts for 2% of patients presenting to the ED with abdominal pain, and 20% of all surgical admissions[1]. In the developing world the majority of SBO patients have had previous intra-abdominal surgeries causing adhesions… But I won’t delve into aetiology, let’s talk […]

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New RCEM Guidelines – Acute Behavioural Disturbance

The Royal College of Emergency Medicine in the UK has today published new guidelines (PDF) on the management of acute behavioural disturbance (ABD) in the emergency department. This follows a year after NICE guidance was released on the management of violence and aggression, but focuses specifically on ABD. The guidelines have been published in conjunction with the Faculty […]

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